Eight things ‘Gilmore Girls’ Taught Me About Raising a Daughter

1. Making up phrases together creates a bond Don’t worry, I’m waiting for the perfect moment to bring out my ‘Copper Boom!’ and my ‘Oiy with the poodles already,’ in a perfect synchronization that only an amazing mother/daughter duo can have.

2. When your daughter is the reason two boys get into a fight…sing. If there’s anything we’ve learned from watching Gilmore Girls all these years its that sometimes you have deal with things with a little quip or two. One of my favorite instances of this is when Lorelei finds out that Rory was the cause of the big fight at Kyle’s house. Instead of pushing her, reprimanding her, she simply breaks out into a Bette Middler tune. I mean, come on guys….its epic!

3. Even if you make a mistake, you gotta be honest with your kids. We have only a couple real times in the life of Gilmore Girls that we saw Lorelei let Rory know what was what. When she decided to sleep with a married Dean and when she got drunk on Miss Patty’s Founder’s Day Punch because of Logan. I hope with all that is in me that I never have to face those types of situations with my daughter, but if I do, I hope I’m able to say whats needed to be said. She may not hear me, and may need to figure it out on her own, but if I do it right she’ll know I’ll always be there for her no matter what.

4. A little embarrassment never hurt anyone. Not much to add here…because you know, what parent didn’t embarrass us? Lorelei did it flair….

5. Know where to get college memorabilia in a hurry. When your kid has had their heart set on one college for their entire lives, and suddenly through a hilarious and not so hilarious set up circumstances you know that they really belong elsewhere…..well, lets just say its time to put aside your own feelings and back your kid 100%. So make sure you live with in driving distance or a store that sells that kind of stuff, so even before you have the actual “I changed my mind” conversation you deck their room out with all new stuff. Instant bonding right? And this is applicable to so much in life right? Sometimes our kids are going to do things that maybe we didn’t have in mind. Play a sport we never wanted them to play, go to a school far away from us. But its up to us to encourage that. I only hope when push comes to shove I can do that.

6. If you’re going to throw your life away, make sure there’s a motorcycle involved. In the pilot episode Rory all of the sudden could care less about going to Chilton, something she’d wanted to for awhile {we can only assume}. But that adorable boy with the flippy hair came swooping in from Chicago and almost muddled up the whole plans. But Lorelei pulls her mom card and says there’s no way that’s happening. Thankfully, we don’t have to wonder how things would have turned out; and we wouldn’t have had the joy of knowing Paris!

7. The importance of acting like a lady. 

8. You really can be best friend’s with your daughter. I didn’t really need Gilmore Girls to teach me this because my own mama and I are really close! It’s possible and I’m so grateful that it is. I really hope that I’m able to have that with my daughter. 
And because I’m so sad….but hopefully all will be redeemed with the reboot right? One can only hope.

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